British Airways AARP Discount: Extended But Devalued

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There are a few good ways to save money for travel on British Airways that originates in the US:

As of now the British Airways Visa Signature® Card 10% discount is valid for travel through June 30, 2018, though I imagine that will be extended again, as has been the case in the past.

However, the expiration date of the AARP British Airways offer hadn’t been extended. That has finally changed. The British Airways AARP discount is now valid for bookings through January 31, 2019, and for travel through January December 31, 2019. That’s a really long extension. The bad news is that they’ve devalued this discount even further.

The British Airways AARP discount is now only valid for:

  • $200 off the cost of a business class ticket
  • $65 off the cost of an economy ticket

Prior to this, the discount was valid for:

  • $200 off the cost of a first class or business class ticket
  • $130 off the cost of a premium economy ticket
  • $65 off the cost of an economy ticket

As you can see, the discount for first class and premium economy has been eliminated

Furthermore, that previous version of the offer was already devalued, as in early 2017 the AARP discount for British Airways first & business class was decreased from $400 to $200.

It’s great that this offer is still around in some form, though it’s certainly not as lucrative as it used to be. I should also mention that the terms now say that “this offer is not combinable with any other discount or deal,” though as of now the AARP discount and BA Visa discount still seem to be combining just fine.

(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)

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  1. AARP Associate membership (or the regular one, if you’re over 50) is a great way to save money all over the place. Right after I joined I was offered several years of extension for an average of under $9 a year. That’s not at all hard to recoup if you find a deal even once every few years.

  2. I could never get this to work for Premium Economy anyway. it would show as discounted but when you compared to a regular search, the price was always the same. At least they are being transparent about it now.

  3. Steve

    I think you will find that BA has great load factors on flights to and from the US, most of whom are paying cash

  4. You must be at least 50 years of age to join as a full member of AARP — or be the spouse of a full member of AARP, regardless of your age — but associate membership is also available to people younger than the age of 50… …and this is where the sticking point lies: by eliminating the AARP rate, this means that only members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program who are at least 62 years of age can qualify for the Senior rate. The AARP rate yielded a discount from five percent to as much as 15 percent off of the room rate at participating hotel and resort properties of Starwood Preferred Guest. Some people consider the disappearance of the AARP rate to be good news: “Well I for one am glad the AARP rate is replaced by the Senior rate” is what FlyerTalk member drron opined. “It had been nearly impossible to get a decent senior rate when AARP was around.

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